Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday December 5 2006
Aston Villa Memory Lane
Aston Villa News and Record
Aston Villa v Bristol City
Saturday 21st February 1970 Football League Division 2
Programme cost One Shilling (5p)
Villa line up.
Villa Manager Vic Crowe
Villa sit on the bottom of Division 2
Not good reading for the Villa Faithful in 1970 but interestingly Villa were still top of the league when it came to support, even with this poor form Villa averaged a home gate of 27,916. This was far more than most of the teams in the Division 1 above them.
Inside Article: Top gates at Old Trafford.
How many fans must go through the turnstiles to enable a club to pay its way?
An Interesting question-with answers ranging from 5000 for a fourth Division side to 37,000 at Elland Road, the home of the Champions Leeds United. Leeds said recently their running costs amount to £7000 a week despite their pace making position in the league it’s their only Income.
In the Second Division, we are pleased to record that our average attendance of 27,916 makes us the best supported club in the Midlands, keeping us ahead of Blues and Leicester. Villas record attendance for this season was a whooping 54,470 against the Blues on October 18th (Villa 0 – 0 Blues)
Villa scored another 22 league goals this season and despite their efforts were relegated at the end of the season to Division Three of the Football League.
Why pick this programme? It was the debut of a certain Andy Lockhead who featured in the “Player Profile”
ANDY ALWAYS A HANDY SCORER
Andy Lockhead, our new centre forward signed from Leicester City on Thursday last week, has proved himself one of the most reliable goal-scores in the business since springing to a regular league place with Burnley in 1962.
This quiet spoken Scot from Glasgow scored over 100 goals in his career with the Lancashire clubs, winning one Scottish U23 cap in the process. He also gained experience of European competition and as a well travelled, well proven marksman, he commanded a £80,000 fee when moving to Leicester City in 1968.
Andy always a first division player since he joined Burnley as a 16 year old prospect, he tasted a long and unsuccessful relegation fight with the Filbert Street Club.
Andy Lockhead is a marksman who on two separate occasions has scored five goals in a game, against Chelsea and also against Bournemouth in the Cup.
Let’s hope he can manage a few for Villa.
Adverts in the Villa “News and Record”
Crowther and Brown Vauxhall, Lozells Road
Prices for a Viva HA were £528 (Basic model) and £566 (De Luxe).
Harry Parks “The Leading Midlands Sports Outfitters”
Official Suppliers to Aston Villa. Football boots by Adidas, puma, Mitre and
Dormston Meat Pies available at the ground and the pubs and clubs throughout the Midlands. (can’t remember these at all)
Advert: “Have you seen Villas NEW Souvenir Shop
Rosettes 2/6d & 7/6d
Aston Villa Scarves (University Style) 15/-
Available in Claret and Blue and Yellow and Blue
Colour Photographs all players 2/-6d
Children’s T-Shirts 7/6+9d p&p
Programmes All Aston Villa Home Programmes 1/- +6d p&p
Worth noting the shop was open match days but closed from 3pm to 4.30pm -6pm
To allow the staff to watch most of the game?
Ansells, Bittermen. You can’t beat’em So join’em.
Villa lost the game to Bristol City 0-2 with the home crowd of 26,830 going home disappointed.
Top of the Music Charts was
Love Grows where my Rosemary Goe’s by Eddison Lighthouse
1970: Soviet probe collects moon rock
The Russian space probe, Luna 16, has landed on the Moon to collect samples from its surface. It is the first time an unmanned probe has been used to bring objects back to Earth from space. The probe landed at the Sea of Fertility, a region which has not yet been explored. It is collecting samples of rock and dust using an electric drill at the end of a mechanical extendable arm to cut small cores from just under the topsoil. In addition to the drills, the probe is equipped with a television camera.
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